Following the high profile launch of the End Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) campaign in February 2016 at the state house in Nigeria- there is a unique opportunity to build on the goodwill generated at the highest political level in Nigeria to work towards the ending. The Anti-FGM School Poster Competition in Nigeria was conceived to support and speed up sensitization on the ills of Female Genital Mutilation for the next generation of mothers who are currently girls in secondary schools in Nigeria. The project sites include the five states in Nigeria which according to the National Demographic and Health Survey 2013 has the highest prevalence of FGM in Nigeria. Osun, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Imo and Oyo States were therefore chosen as project sites.
- To increase awareness on the negative effect of Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria among in-school girls;
- To provoke conversations in homes and community of participating students on the implications of FGM on the girl child.
- To accelerate intervention towards the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria.
- About 16 million people reached during the media campaigns for the project had increased knowledge on the ills of FGM.
- Entries received from 2,217 girls lead to conversations about FGM among over 11,000 relatives in various homes.
- Some students realizing the huge impact of FGM on the health of girls began to campaign amongst their friends and family members.